Saturday, April 03, 2010

Ten Posts in One

I present my last two months in electronic communications. You know about some already, but you might need a recap.

email from chief pilot: Training and PPC rides mid-Month.

cc:ed email from owner to examiner: List of pilots, licence numbers and certifications to be tested.

email from owner: Rides are cancelled so the airplane can do urgent work.

email from chief pilot: The work the training was cancelled for has been itself cancelled so training is rescheduled for Monday.

email from chief pilot: The work is on again, so the training will probably start on Saturday.

email from chief pilot: The autopilot might not be working right. I'll fly out and test it on Monday and let you know.

email from chief pilot:The work has been delayed for weather.

pilot's Facebook status: Finally! I'm going flying!

same pilot comments on own status, three hours later: I didn't go flying after all. Just sat on the ramp for three hours while clients tried to get their equipment to work.

email from chief pilot: I shouldn't have got out of bed this morning. The examiner is stuck on a company rotation in northern Canada, the customer equipment is standing by waiting for a technician and a part, and the plane that was to be the backup just had an ambiguous oil analysis.

I left some things out. My chief pilot is awesome at keeping us up to date. Some companies think it looks them look more professional or in control if they don't tell you anything until it's certain. It makes pilots nervous about what kind of Machiavellian plotting is going on, and doesn't really fool them into thinking their company controls the weather.


Michael5000 said...

My company -- a far different sort of enterprise -- learned that we were going to have big budget cuts requiring layoffs last fall. They had a meeting to let us know the next morning. I was actually PROUD of them for sharing the information instead of letting everyone jump at ghosts and rumors for the next however many months...

Dafyd said...

How's this one -

" A friend" worked for an American oil company seeking to exploit deposits in the Yemen . They had established a London office where he was based . Something went wrong at a very senior/political level and the company decided to close down the operation - immediately . On receipt of the (urgent) directive London office managers called a fire drill and when all staff had been evacuated and assembled outside , they locked the doors . The bad news was then delivered from an open first floor window , together with instructions to contact security for individual appointments to re-enter the workplace and recover personal effects the following day .

Subsequent negotiations were conducted by letter .

Aviatrix said...

Wow, and I thought pilots were given short notice.

A Squared said...

Wow, and I thought pilots were given short notice.

Well, it sounds extreme (and it is) but current corporate-think is that when you terminate an employees, whether for cause or merely to reduce the payroll, you keep the employee completely in the dark until you call them in the office to give them notice, at which point they are escorted by security back to their office/workstation/locker to gather personal effects, then escorted out of the building.

Without getting into the propriety of this approach, if it is a given that this is the "correct" way to terminate an employee, than the previous example is a creative approach to doing this to all the employees at one location at one time.